DHV:
1137
Tourin ID:

Size:

Bass

Place Made:

Maker:

I

Naples ?

Date:

17..

Label Text:

[illegible, handwritten]

Body Shape:

Viol

Current Location:

F

Marseille

No. of Strings:

6

Collection:

Private Collection

Sound Holes:

C

Catalog Number:

Head:

Open scroll

Private Owner:

Yes

Previous Owner:

Emmanuel Balssa ( -2009); Toshinari Ohashi

Measurements:

Body Length:

72

String Length:

71

Rib Depth:

11

Upper Width:

34.5

Middle Width:

24

Bottom Width:

44

Information

Source:

Owner to TGM, 1/14, 2/15; Sotheby’s (NY) 6/26/79, lot 157

Literature:

Wells 1979, p. 525; Sotheby’s (NY) 6/26/79, lot 157

Photographs:

[From S. Moquet 1/14: F+B, head side, label [color]); Sotheby’s (NY) 6/26/79, lot 157 (F+B)

Recordings:

Auctions:

Comments:

Sotheby’s 1979/06/26, lot 157 (New York)

Back has central 8-pointed star in circle, table has matching design; extensive additional geometic inlaid designs on back, ribs, pegbox, fingerboard, and tailpiece. C holes large and not near edges. Shoulders sloping but rather square. Length of back 71.1 cm. Wells 1979: “an enigmatic bass viol catalogued as probably Neapolitan and undoubtedly dating from the first half of the 18th century.” Moquet 1/14: illegible parchment label (handwritten on 3 lines, the second ending with “fecit”, date possibly “16..”); previous bridge by Jacques Francais; dendrochronology suggests 2H18C. Widely-separated double purfling on back (not sure about front); diagonal top edge of tailpiece.